Flu season often heralds a time of increased vulnerability to illnesses, but with the right practices and immune-boosting recipes, you can fortify your defenses against common infections. Incorporating wholesome foods and natural remedies into your routine can significantly reduce the risk of falling prey to seasonal illnesses.
How to Stay Healthy During Flu Season
Flu season brings the risk of infections, but there are steps you can take to stay healthy:
1. Maintain Good Hygiene: Regular handwashing and proper hygiene practices significantly reduce the risk of contracting illnesses.
2. Boost Your Immune System: Consume foods rich in vitamins and minerals that bolster the immune system, such as fruits, vegetables, and immune-boosting beverages like bone broth.
3. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to keep your body hydrated and support overall health.
4. Get Enough Rest: Adequate sleep is crucial for a robust immune system. Ensure you get enough rest to allow your body to rejuvenate.
Recipes to Boost Your Immunity
Homemade Bone Broth Recipe
3-4 pounds of assorted chicken bones
2 carrots, roughly chopped
2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
1 onion, quartered
4 cloves garlic, crushed
Fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, parsley)
Salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a large pot and cover with water.
Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and let it cook for at least 12-24 hours.
Strain the broth, removing bones and vegetables.
Allow the broth to cool, then store it in freezer-safe containers. It can be kept frozen for up to six months.
Chicken Noodle Soup with Bone Broth
6 cups bone broth
2 cups cooked shredded chicken
2 carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups egg noodles
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
In a pot, sauté onions and garlic until fragrant. Add carrots and celery, cooking until they soften.
Pour in the bone broth and bring to a simmer.
Add shredded chicken and egg noodles. Cook until noodles are tender.
Season with salt and pepper, garnish with fresh parsley, and serve.
1 organic lemon, whole
3 cups filtered or spring water
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
2 tbsp raw unfiltered honey
1 small piece of fresh ginger
Place whole lemon, water, EVOO, honey, and ginger into a blender.
Start blending on low, then switch to high for 1 minute.
Strain the mixture. Don't overlook adding a dash of cinnamon! Enjoy!
2 tbsp grated ginger
1 tbsp grated turmeric
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
Black pepper (a pinch)
Raw unfiltered honey
Combine all the grated and minced ingredients in a jar or airtight container.
Cover the mixture generously with raw unfiltered honey and stir well.
Refrigerate and allow the mixture to infuse; the longer it marinates, the better.
Consume 1 teaspoon to start, gradually increasing to 1 tablespoon, 3-4 times a week, either mixed with hot water or taken as is.
These recipes and practices can aid in fortifying your immune system during flu season, helping you stay healthy and resilient against common illnesses.
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